Safeguarding officer's toolkit

A safeguarding officer helps resolve any issues within the group to make sure everyone enjoys their rides

Safeguarding officer's toolkit

As safeguarding officer, you'll offer advice and guidance for members of your group, as well as helping report and resolve any safeguarding and welfare concerns.

You'll help the group to create a welcoming and safe environment and a culture and an atmosphere of inclusion and respect. A safeguarding officer is also the person appointed by a group to resolve, informally in the first instance, any issues that may arise, such as a complaint about a member's behaviour or concerns over an individual's ability to ride safely with the group. 

What you will be doing

  • Offering advice and support for members of the group
  • Raising awareness of Cycling UK’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Ensuring everyone in the group is treated fairly and with respect
  • Working with others in the group to ensure the welfare of all members and participants
  • Working with the group committee to resolve issues and problems within the group
  • Act as the first point of contact where concerns about welfare, discrimination, poor practice or abuse are raised
  • Reporting such concerns immediately and in confidence in line with Cycling UK’s safeguarding policies and reporting guidelines
  • Promote awareness of the Cycling UK Safeguarding Code of Conduct
  • Attending regular obligatory safeguarding training as directed by Cycling UK
  • Being accessible to members to help them in addressing issues such as a complaint against individuals, the protection of ‘adults at risk’ and children, and issues of discrimination; and
  • Monitoring compliance with policies related to this area, such as the Cycling UK Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies. 

The skills you need

  • Ability to remain neutral and impartial
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • An understanding and knowledge of the issues others may face
  • Be friendly and approachable
  • Be able to handle sensitive issues in a discreet and confidential way
  • An awareness of the issues involved in safeguarding for adults and children and how to report them
  • Knowledge of Cycling UK’s safeguarding policies and reporting guidelines
  • Knowledge of Cycling UK’s equality and diversity policy

What's in it for you

  • Helping to ensure cycling is open and accessible to all
  • Ensuring everyone feels safe and included in cycling
  • Safeguarding knowledge and awareness 
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